Billy Ocean, Busted and Tony Hadley Join Kaiser Chiefs at Splendour Festival

March 10th, 2017 at 7:15 am

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We are happy to announce a great range of new acts joining Kaiser Chiefs at Splendour Festival 2017! Starting with Busted, one of the biggest homegrown pop acts of the 21st century. Beloved by a whole generation of fans who grew up with them in the noughties, the double Brit Award winning band are sure to go down a storm playing a mix of their unforgettable hits and songs from their third studio album ‘Night Driver’. After a sell-out show at Rock City in February, expect to be taken to the “Year 3000” with a sing-along set from the band with an incredible five million record sales, platinum albums and plenty of hit singles.

Tony Hadley, frontman of 80s phenomenon Spandau Ballet, will also make his mark on the Main Stage. Formed in 1978, Spandau Ballet had multiple chart topping singles and albums all over the world, including international number one “True”. Over the years, Hadley has earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. Expect an epic set from a back catalogue of memorable Spandau Ballet hits, including their well-known song “Gold”.

Headlining the Confetti Stage, powered by Nottingham Trent University, will be Grammy Award winning singer Billy Ocean. The “Caribbean Queen” star has sold more than 30 million records and collected a pile of gold and platinum records throughout his hugely successful career. With a string of hits, including “Love Really Hurts Without You”, “Suddenly” and “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going”, along with last year’s album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number four, Ocean will be bringing plenty of crowd pleasers to his headlining set.

Next up, rock band Black Grape, formed by Shaun Ryder and Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge after the demise of Happy Mondays, will be bringing their Britpop canon to Splendour. Following a UK tour to mark the 21st anniversary of chart topping debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’, and a fantastic show at Rock City in December, expect a lively set of catchy pop hooks including “In the Name of the Father” and “Reverend Black Grape”.

International treasures, British Sea Power have some remarkable admirers – the late, great David Bowie and Lou Reed were among them as well as ardent fan Daniel Radcliffe! They’ve played on ships at sea, deep inside Cornish slate mines and atop the Great Wall of China, and now, with brand new album ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’ due out at the end of March, the art-rock stalwarts are a fantastic addition to our Confetti Stage line up.

Back over on the Main Stage is  incredible British singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin. Her unforgettable cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “The Power of Love” for the John Lewis Christmas TV campaign reached number one in the UK chart. In the whirlwind that followed, Aplin’s debut album ‘English Rain’ charted at number two and has since been certified gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 copies.

Singer-songwriter Georgie is not stranger to Splendour Festival! She has built a strong reputation over the years in the Nottingham music scene, making her first forays at the age of 14. Two years on from her last Splendour appearance, and after supporting Jake Bugg on a triumphant UK tour, the local star is signed to Columbia Records and working on her debut album.

Headlining the Acoustic Rooms Stage will be musical duo and The Voice UK contestants, Into The Ark, who have been hotly tipped by coach Tom Jones. Further acts across the park will be announced shortly.

Over on the Funhouse Comedy Stage, acts will include: Jim SmallmanWes ZaharukJollyboatSteve RoyleScott Bennett and Barry Dodds.

With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a kids’ area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, Splendour is a fantastic day out for all the family.

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Splendour Festival offers local talent the chance to shine with Future Sound of Nottingham

March 3rd, 2017 at 10:32 am


Organised by NUSIC, Future Sound of Nottingham will give one Nottinghamshire act the chance to perform the opening slot on the main stage at the festival on Saturday 22nd July. Open to entrants now, the first round of FSN invites local bands and artists of all genres to send in demos for a panel of industry judges.

Entries for the first round will close on Monday 20th March and finalists will be expected to battle it out on the main stage at Rock City on ­­Sunday 7th May, where the public and an independent panel of judges will decide the champ.

Mark Del, of NUSIC, said: “The Future Sound of Nottingham presents Notts musicians with several huge opportunities. From playing Rock City’s main stage, a gig many have called ‘the best night of their life’, to getting their music in front of industry people who can help them make a living doing what they love.”

Splendour organiser, Anton Lockwood added: “For the last nine years FSN has supported Nottinghamshire’s best talent, and once again DHP Family is delighted to be working alongside NUSIC. The talented act who is crowned champion will this year rub shoulders with Yorkshire quintet Kaiser Chiefs, with additional performers to be revealed soon.”NUSIC is dedicated to all things ‘Notts, Musical and New’ and aims to support unsigned musicians from the county, across every genre of music. Future Sound of Nottingham is now back for its ninth year.

For more information on how to apply, listen to the podcast here.


Splendour Festival announces partnership with The Dinosaurs of China exhibition for VIP ticket holders.

February 20th, 2017 at 5:24 pm


Splendour Festival is proud to announce that VIP ticket holders for this year’s event will now also gain access to the very special Dinosaurs of China exhibition on the day of the festival!

The Dinosaurs of China exhibition shines a new, never before seen light on the extinct species, showing not only bones, but soft parts including skin and feathers. This breakthrough in research proved that dinosaurs as species were much more diverse than originally thought. Some feathered dinosaurs, which eventually learnt how to fly, evolved in to birds similar to ones we know today.

Completely new to science, all of the fossils exhibiting have been discovered in the last 20 years, with some being discovered as early as 2016.The exhibition will feature huge three dimensional mounted skeletons of the dinosaurs, as well as original fossils and detailed replicas. The groundbreaking, world exclusive exhibition has never before been shown to Europe, and now you can view it as part of your VIP ticket wristband!
What are VIP tickets?

VIP tickets are the premium way to enjoy the Splendour festival experience. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a whole host of benefits including:
• Access to our fully accessible VIP garden
• Big screen with picnic and seating area
• Exclusive entertainment
• Gourmet Food to impress even the most ardent foodies
• Well-stocked cash bar with a quality choice of drinks
• Luxury toilets
• Access to the Dinosaurs Of China exhibition

Kaiser Chiefs Revealed as Splendour 2017 Headliners

January 27th, 2017 at 7:15 am

Multiple Brit Award winning, indie-rock band, Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as headliners for this year’s award-winning Splendour Festival, Saturday 22 July 2017!

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The Yorkshire quintet are the first of over 40 acts announced to perform at the city’s biggest summer day out at Wollaton Park, and winner of ‘Best Festival’ at the 2016 Live UK Business Awards. With an amazing back catalogue of six albums, including the Brit Award winning ‘Employment’, expect a set of huge sing-along anthems including I Predict a Riot, Oh My God and UK number one single Ruby.


Kaiser Chiefs said: “We’re really looking forward to performing at Splendour. We know the crowd and the setting will make for an unforgettable atmosphere.”


Kaiser Chiefs are made up of lead vocalist, and two-times winning coach on the fourth and fifth series of The Voice, Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick Baines and as of 2013, drummer Vijay Mistry, replacing founding drummer Nick Hodgson.


The success of their debut album ‘Employment’, released in 2005 with hits including Everyday I Love You Less and Less and I Predict a Riot, sold over three million copies and won the band three Brit Awards including the award for Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Live Act. It also won an NME Award for Best Album and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.


Since then, Kaiser Chiefs have gone on to release five more original studio albums; Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), Off with Their Heads (2008), The Future Is Medieval (2011), Education, Education, Education & War (2014) and their latest album Stay Together (2016), which charted in the UK top five.


Organisers DHP Family and Nottingham City Council are keen to replicate the success of last year’s biggest ever Splendour – overall winner of ‘Best Festival’ (15,000-39,000) at the 2016 Live Music Business Awards, and recognised as Nottingham’s favourite family festival – which saw a sold-out 21,000 strong crowd see headliners Jess Glynne, The Human League and UB40. Also confirmed are festival partners Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies who will be providing invaluable technical, recording and programming support alongside Notts TV as official media partner. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including the Confetti stage powered by Nottingham Trent University, comedy in the courtyard, a kids’ area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out for all the family.


Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Last year’s amazing Splendour festival was a sell-out and we expect Kaiser Chiefs to attract just as many people, so I would encourage residents to get their tickets early.  Nottingham City Council will be working hard to make sure that this year’s event is not only a fantastic concert but also a great day out for the whole family, with fairground rides, circus skills workshops, crazy inflatables, giant bubbles and Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.”


Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents. A standard ticket is £46, coming down to £36 when the discount is applied. Tickets for young people aged 11-17 living in Nottingham are £20. VIP packages are also available starting from £80.


Tickets can be purchased online here or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre.


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Splendour 2017 Tickets on Sale Now

July 26th, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Nottingham’s favourite family festival returns to the beautiful setting of Wollaton Park on Saturday 22nd July 2017, and tickets are on sale now.


2016 was an amazing year for Splendour, and plans are already underway to make the next festival even bigger and better!

With our previous line-ups featuring incredible acts such as Jess Gylnne, The Specials, James, The Human League, Jake Bugg, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Calvin Harris, The Darkness and more, we can promise we are preparing another stunning line-up for a day of fun and frolics at Wollaton Hall on the 22nd of July 2017.


Tickets for 2016′s event sold out in record time, and we are sure our next Splendour will stay in high demand. Make sure to get your ticket to Nottingham’s biggest summer day out early.

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Tickets for Splendour 2016 SOLD OUT

July 20th, 2016 at 11:34 am

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It’s official! Splendour has now completely sold out. Record numbers are expected to descend on Wollaton Park for this year’s festival on Saturday 23 July – the fastest selling in its nine year history.


Since announcing the full lineup earlier this year –  including legendary bands The Human League and UB40 and Grammy Award winner Jess Glynne as headliners – ticket sales have surpassed all previous years with hundreds being snapped up each day over the last few weeks.


The sell out comes after organisers DHP Family and Nottingham City Council took the decision to put an extra 3,000 tickets on sale to meet the exceptional demand and ensure as many people as possible could come and join in the fun at Wollaton Park.


DHP Family is also announcing tickets for next year’s festival will be released on Saturday 23 July at 8pm. With the date confirmed for next year as Saturday 22 July 2017, it is expected many will take advantage of the opportunity to make sure they don’t miss out on the city’s biggest summer day out. Children under 10 will once again be admitted free, and City Card discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents.


George Akins, owner, DHP Family, said: “Splendour is firmly established as the main event of the summer and is going from strength to strength. Tickets have now completely sold out and we’d like to stress that there will not be any available to buy on the day this year. With tickets for next year’s special 10th birthday going on sale on Saturday, we’re sure many will take advantage to get in early to avoid missing out.”


Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “Splendour is the jewel in the crown of our events programme and it is great to hear that this year’s festival has sold out thanks to the great artists lined up by our partners at DHP family. We at Nottingham City Council are proud to provide the infrastructure, security and staging for Splendour at our beautiful Wollaton Park site. Saturday looks set to be a really fun family day out.”


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Set Times and Map revealed for Splendour 2016

July 14th, 2016 at 12:55 pm


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Splendour Set Times Square

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21:15 – 22:30 JESS GLYNNE
19:30 – 20:30 THE HUMAN LEAGUE
17:45 – 18:45 UB40
16:30 – 17:15 JAMIE LAWSON
15:30 – 16:00 TURIN BRAKES
14:30 – 15:00 JEREMY LOOPS
13:30 – 14:00 ADY SULEIMAN
12:30 – 13:00 SUPER FURNITURE

20:15 – 21:15 THE DARKNESS
18:30 – 19:30 THE FRATELLIS
17:00 – 17:45 THE RIFLES
15:00 – 15:30 LOUIS BERRY
13:00 – 13:30 EYRE LLEW

20:30 – 21:00 BRAD DEAR
19:30 – 20:00 WILL VARLEY
18:30 – 19:00 TOM MCCARTNEY
17:30 – 18:00 BRU C
16:30 – 17:00 ELLIE KEEGAN
15:30 – 16:00 JOSH WEATLEY
14:30 – 15:00 RAPHAEL BLAKE
13:30 – 14:00 LOWRIE
12:30 – 13:00 JOHNNY OLLEY

18:00 – 18:30 VINCE ATTA
17:00 – 17:30 TOM BINNS
16:00 – 16:30 EL BALDINIHO
15:00 – 15:30 IVAN BRACKENBURY
14:00 – 14:30 PATRICK MONAHAN

15:00 – 15:30 DANIEL DORE (MAGICIAN)
12:00 – 12:30 DANIEL DORE (MAGICIAN)

Running times are subject to change.

Easter Egg Hunt Competition

March 22nd, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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On Monday 28th March at 9am we are giving one lucky Easter egg hunter the chance to win a pair of tickets for Splendour Festival 2016 to see the incredible Jess Glynne, the legendary Human League and UB40, plus Jamie Lawson, Turin Brakes, The Darkness, The Fratellis, The Rifles, Stiff Little Fingers and many more on Saturday 23rd July at Wollaton Park!

Full competition details can be found on our Facebook Page here, and we’ll be giving out a handy clue as to the whereabouts of our golden egg to customers who are signed up to the Splendour mailing list. Make sure you have joined the mailing list before 3pm on Thursday here to get the scoop before anyone else!

The Human League, UB40, The Darkness and More Complete Splendour 2016 Line-Up!

March 11th, 2016 at 6:48 am

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We are thrilled to reveal an amazing line up of musical talent for this year’s Splendour Festival at Nottingham’s Wollaton Park on Saturday 23 July.

The Human League and UB40 - two legendary bands with an outstanding back catalogue stretching back more than 40 years – join the bill on the main stage headlined by one of the hottest artists of the moment Jess Glynne, the Grammy award winner with an unbelievable 5 UK Number 1 singles from her chart topping debut album.

Another British singer with a debut number 1 album, Jamie Lawson is next on the bill with Turin BrakesJeremy Loops and local Nottingham artist Ady Suleiman also announced for the main stage. Suleiman has been earmarked as one to watch, his timelessly classic yet fresh sound has garnered him a broad range of influential fans from both sides of the Atlantic. The festival will once again be championing local talent by offering the opening slot of the main stage to the winner of the hotly contested Future Sound of Nottingham battle of the bands competition.

Across the park, multi-million selling megaband The Darkness will headline the Confetti stage along with The FratellisThe RiflesStiff Little FingersLouis BerryThese Your Children and Eyre Llew.

Headlining the Acoustic Rooms stage will be British folk singer Will Varley, who has recently sold out The Bodega and supported Frank Turner at Rock City, followed by Brad DearTom McCartneyBru-CEllie KeeganJosh WheatleyRaphael Blake and Lowrie.

Over on the Funhouse Comedy stage, acts will include: John RyanPatrick MonahanIvan BrackenburyEl BaldinihoTom BinnsVince Atta.

George Akins, owner, DHP Family, said: “We’re delighted to bring bands to Splendour that have contributed so much to the musical heritage in this country. Once again, we’re confident that our mix of music legends along with some of the hottest artists of the moment will make it a winning day out for everyone, whatever their age or musical taste.”

Recognised as the city’s biggest summer day out and shortlisted in the final three for Best Festival in the national Live Music Business awards, DHP Family and Nottingham City Council are keen to replicate the success of last year which saw 20,000 festival goers sprawled across Wollaton Park. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a kids’ area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out for all the family.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “We’re pleased to announce a great line-up for Splendour Festival that I think Nottingham people will love. Splendour really is the highlight of the summer and with acts like Jess Glynne, The Human League, UB40 and The Darkness, tickets are sure to sell fast. Splendour truly offers something for all tastes in music, and with the comedy stage and kids’ area it’s a really fun family day out.”

We have also partnered with the multi-award winning radio station Gem. As well as activity on the day of the festival, they’ll cover all the line-up announcements and offer the chance to win tickets over the coming months. Their breakfast presenters Sam & Amy will be at Splendour soaking up the sunshine (fingers crossed), and are both looking forward to it after last year!

Gem’s Sam said: “Splendour is the highlight of the year for Nottingham; relaxing in the sun, listening to music, you can’t beat it. Amy and I can’t wait to be there again this year, we’re very excited Gem is involved again.”

Tickets can be purchased from all the main ticketing sites or in person from locations around the city such as Nottingham Tourism Centre; Royal Concert Hall and Nottingham City Council leisure centres.

To stay in touch with festival news and line up announcements, follow us on twitter @SplendourFest; like the Facebook page and be the first to hear about Splendour 2016 updates by registering here:

Jess Glynne To Headline Splendour Festival 2016!

January 29th, 2016 at 7:00 am

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Hot on the heels of her sold out UK headline tour promoting her sensational number one double platinum album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’, Grammy award-winning pop sensation and 2016 Brit Award nominee Jess Glynne has announced that she will be headlining Nottingham’s biggest party of the summer, Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park on Saturday 23rd July 2016!

Fans who attended Splendour last year were sad to hear that the flame-haired British singer-songwriter had to cancel her appearance at the event in order to undergo vocal cord surgery, which is why we are so thrilled to have Jess return this year to dazzle Nottingham crowds like never before.

The singer, at just 26, has already equalled the record for the most number one singles by a British female solo artist — five —  and has now announced a brand new single from the album, ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’, due for release on 26th February via Atlantic. With previous number one singles ‘Hold My Hand’ and its equally successful follow up ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’, along with the recent single ‘Take Me Home’ set to whip Wollaton Park into a frenzy, you can guarantee Jess Glynne will make Splendour Festival 2016 a truly unforgettable day.

There’s still a further incredible line-up of live music and laugh-out-loud comedy yet to be announced to join Jess Glynne, plus a whole host of brilliant bars, fantastic food stalls and a fun-filled kids entertainment area, so we think it’s safe to say that Splendour 2016 is certainly going to be the best yet!

Recognised as Nottingham’s biggest summer day out and shortlisted in the final three for Best Festival in the national Live Music Business awards, Nottingham City Council and Splendour are keen to replicate the success of last year which saw 20,000 turning out to see storming sets from headliners The Specials, James, Bananarama and Lawson. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a kids’ area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out for all the family.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure at Nottingham City Council, said: “We at Nottingham City Council are proud to work in partnership with DHP to bring this great family festival to the city. A day out at Splendour Festival is good value for money, especially for those living in the city, and gives them a chance to see a diverse range of popular acts. I would like to thank Nottingham City Council’s events team who so work hard to provide the festival infrastructure and manage the event safely.”

You can book your tickets and discounted City Card tickets by clicking here.

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